What To Do On Monday, Aug. 31!

What To Do On Monday, Aug. 31!
Posted on 08/27/2020
Home Connect students, we are so excited to "see" you on Monday, Aug. 31 for the first (virtual) day of school!

Your 1st period class begins promptly at 9:45 a.m. Here is what you should do in order to get ready for class:

Between 9:30 - 9:45 a.m.:

1. Login: Login to your Chromebook. Make sure you are seated by a power outlet if your Chromebook to be charged. You should be wearing school-appropriate attire, though you do not have to be in full uniform.

2. Google Classroom Invites: Now, go to Google Classroom (available on Launchpad). Accept the invites that appear on your dashboard; your teachers have invited you to join their Google Classrooms.


3. Focus: Open up Launchpad again and select FOCUS. Find your class schedule. Figure out who your 1st period teacher is. (*Note: Student schedules are going to be released on Sunday morning, August 30. They should appear in Focus at that time.)

4. Go To First Period Class: Now, go back to Google Classroom and click on the class for your 1st period teacher. 

5. Zoom Link: Find the Zoom link that your 1st period teacher has posted in your Google Classroom. The Zoom link may be posted on the stream or perhaps on the Classwork page. Click the link.

6. Open Zoom: If prompted with a dialogue box that says "Open Zoom Meetings?", click yes, "Open Zoom Meeting." 

7. Audio: Test your speaker and microphone. Then, click Join with Computer Audio. (Your teacher may have your Zoom set up so that you are muted when you enter, but you may be asked to speak later on. Your camera will automatically be on, as this is a district requirement.)

8. Wait: Zoom will probably tell you that you are now in a waiting room. Your teacher will let the students in at the appropriate time. 

9. Enter & Type Your Name: Once you're let in to the Zoom room, type your full first and last name in the chat box. This is how the teachers will take attendance. When you type your name, it is time-stamped so that we know when you arrived to class (on time or tardy). 

10. Relax! Take a couple of deep breaths. You made it! Your teacher will explain to you everything that you need to know in order to be a successful Home Connect student.

11. Dismissal & Class Change: You will stay in 1st period until 10:38 a.m. Then your teacher will end your 1st period Zoom meeting. At that point, you need to do this process all over again for 3rd period--figure out in Focus who your 3rd period teacher is, find his or her Google Classroom, then click on his or her Zoom link. Remember that you have 3 minutes for class change, so you should use those 3 minutes to stretch, visit the restroom, get a drink of water, and be ready to go when the bell rings for your next class!

Here is the bell schedule:

Period 1/2: 9:45 - 10:38 Period 3/4: 10:41 - 11:34 Period 5/6: 11:37 - 1:12 Period 7/8: 1:15 - 2:08 Period 9/10: 2:11 - 3:04 Period 11/12: 3:07 - 4:00

If you have any technical difficulties, please contact the school at 239.936.1759 and we will do our best to help you get rolling!

We hope you have a fantastic first day, Ripples!

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